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Delany and Merrit Buff Education Fund
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Delany and Merrit Buff
Education Fund

In honor and in memory of Kimberly Buff, and to celebrate her many contributions to the architecture of the Triangle, the Young Architects Forum of AIA Triangle will be making a monetary donation to Delany and Merrit's education fund.

To contribute by credit card: HERE

If you prefer to contribute by check:

Checks should be made out to the individual child with the account number referenced below in the memo line:

  • Delany Buff:  Acct 2204950220
  • Merrit Buff:  Acct 2204878355
Deposits can be made directly to Wells Fargo Bank or checks can be mailed directly to:

Elliot Buff
3505 Meadowrun Drive
Durham, NC 27707-6626

Kimberly Buff, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

The AIA Triangle mourns the loss of member Kimberly Buff, AIA, of Durham. Kim passed away on Wednesday August 3, surrounded by her family, after a two month long battle with leukemia. She was 38 years old.
Kim was a Senior Associate and architect at Lord Aeck Sargent, Inc. in Chapel Hill. As a Project Manager, Kim's coworkers explain that she was a leader in the office and contributed to most all projects by sharing her significant technical design and management skills, and delivering all suggestions with enthusiasm and calm competence. They go on to say that Kim was an all-around wonderful person and made an impact on so many lives. One client, Anna Wu, Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities at UNC, states that she will miss Kim's bright smile, her contagious spirit, and her passion for building.
At LAS, Kim led the design of the Mary Ellen Jones Research Building, part of the UNC School of Medicine. At 11 stories, 220,000 square feet, and $84 million, this renovation project is one of the largest and most complex projects that Kim worked on. Kim also worked on an extensive feasibility study for Davie Hall, an existing research building for UNC's growing Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, as well as Peacock Hall, a renovation project at Appalachian State's Business School.
Before joining Lord Aeck Sargent in 2013, Kim worked at Corley Redfoot Architects, Inc. in Chapel Hill from 2000 to 2013. During her time at CRA, Kim grew from an architectural intern to a project manager and made great work contributions on projects such as the Boshamer Stadium Addition and Renovation at UNC, the Stallings-Evans Sports Medicine Center at UNC, the Dean E Smith Center's Basketball Office Addition and Renovation at UNC, Woolen Gym at UNC, and Minges Coliseum at ECU.
Kim received her architecture license from North Carolina in 2007 and became a member of the AIA. She received her Master of Architecture from NC State University in 2004 and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Clemson University in 2000.
Kim is survived by her husband, Elliot, a landscape architect at Cline Design Associates in Raleigh, and two awesome children, Delany and Merrit. 
Kim has indeed left us way too soon, and we shall always remember the great times we shared with her as a terrific friend, coworker, architect, wife, and mother.


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